As much as awareness and training is important, application of the technique and more importantly, the change in the fundamental conditioned mindset was the entire focus of Krav Maga Self Defense special training on tactics involving a car in my personal perspective. The Krav Maga Self Defense simulation of the Car training was so real. The imitation of a basement area with minimal light and the confined space which poses very realistic problems which is difficult to visualise in a normal training session was the major highlight.
We learnt a lot about the practical difficulties a confined space poses, the restriction of movement was so real, and it took real effort to learn to deal with such obstacles. The module was very well crafted and taught. In fact we got to learn so much more than we expected to. An amazing aspect of the training was that I found that the Krav Maga Self Defense techniques we learn in class, be it the standing or ground etc are applicable in real life situations when we mix and match them with presence of mind, and honestly, it is life saving.
We learnt about the real life attacks such as when you are getting out of a car, what if an attacker pushes you and you get stuck in the small space of the door? What if you are in the driver seat or the front pillion seat, wearing a seat belt, and an attacker from behind chokes you with the seat belt or the classic attacks of an arm bar choke or a bear hug attack? How to handle molestation attacks inside a car when your movements are restricted by the seat belt? What if you or your loved one is attacked with a knife inside or outside the car? How do you assault and defend at the same time using limited space? Etc..
Guruji Franklin Joseph reiterated what I would call as the fundamental aspect of Neuro linguistic reprogramming, or so as to put it in a common term, rewriting the mindset and instincts. I realised that where there is a problem, the solution lies in the problem itself experientially. I understood though training my instinct is difficult, it is not impossible.
- I understood the difference between being scared out of my mind and being prepared. It is always better to be aware and prepared than to be caught unaware in a situation and regret later.
- I could see the difference in my own mindset in a matter of a couple of hours, how I was in the beginning vs how I was at the end of the session.
- I was constantly reminded that nothing and no one will save me if I don’t do anything about a situation by myself, and the best part is that I can train myself to be equipped to handle it by myself.
- Again I was surprised to learn that even here, the Krav Maga techniques do not depend on size, strength, fitness etc, and that no matter the size, strength, gender and fitness of a person, they go through the same sense of fear and insecurities. It is all about mindset vs mindset. How alert and aware we are and how we are able to apply what we have learnt in class.
The techniques are very simple and our instincts can adapt very easily to them.
Keeping in mind the unfortunate increase in crimes today, it is very important to not be in denial of reality but to acknowledge and prepare ourselves physically, mentally and emotionally to adapt to the same.
As Guruji Franklin Joseph rightly says, the more we learn, the more there is to learn. We start appreciating the complexities and simplicity.
It was a very informative, educational and a practical session, and it was a privilege to be a part of it. I hope such awareness reaches more and more people in the society.